A Professor’s Experience: Open Access Week

By Kristy Padrón, MLIS Scholarly Communication Services Librarian

October 25 – 31, 2021 is International Open Access Week.  Open Access (OA) is a publishing model promoting free and unrestricted access to various types of scholarly works.

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Stephanie Ortiz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the FAU Department of Sociology.  Her article, Trolling as a collective form of harassment: An inductive study of how online users understand trolling, was published in Social Media + Society in June 2020 as an Open Access (OA) article, where readers can view the article freely and without a subscription or a paywall.  Dr. Ortiz answered some questions about using OA to publish her article.

Q:  What do you believe are the benefits of publishing in open access?
A:  Your work is likely to reach a larger audience more quickly. It can be shared on social media and accessed by journalists who find your research relevant but who would have otherwise not known about it. A wider audience also creates opportunities for collaboration, or at the very least more recognition of your work.

Q:  Did your journal require an author processing charge (APC)? If so, how was it paid? ​
A:  Yes, it did require a fee. The editor waived the charge because I am a junior scholar.

Q:  What is a challenge of publishing in open access?
A:  A challenge would be the APC. I also imagine some disciplines or departments might be skeptical of open access journals if the impact factor is lower than traditional journals.

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